Admissions Photoshoot 2023

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA)

Business Administration: Economics

The economics specialization within the business administration bachelor's degree program at BGSU is designed for students seeking strong analytical and communication skills. These skills are essential for success in fields from government policy and banking to insurance and entry-level management. 

  • Thrive academically and professionally in our culture of collaboration and support.
  • Be prepared to navigate the complexities of the business landscape with confidence and proficiency. 

The economics specialization serves as a solid foundation for MBA or law school programs.

The Schmidthorst College of Business offers two other economics degree options: 

  • A BSBA specialization in applied economics – for students who want to combine economics with another business specialization or discipline, such as public policy or global studies
  • A B.S. in economics – for students who want a strong quantitative foundation and focus in economics

Why study business and economics at BGSU in Ohio?

  • Learn from the experts. The department hosts conferences and colloquia each year that bring renowned economists to campus. We also host an undergraduate student paper contest and conference.
  • Real-world experience. Build your resume through structured co-ops and internships. Our students are highly recruited by companies from every state and many different countries. More than 90% of employers say they would hire their intern or co-op student as a permanent employee after graduation.
  • National reputation. The Schmidthorst College of Business is ranked as the No. 13 best public business school for academic excellence by Poets&Quants in 2023. We are among the top 6% of business schools globally that are accredited by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
  • Global perspectives. Broaden your horizons with our extensive study abroad opportunities and form connections with university partners worldwide. Gain a global perspective that enhances your business acumen and sets you apart in the competitive job market.
  • Expert faculty. Receive a cutting-edge education from our world-renowned faculty members who are actively involved in industry and bring current issues into the classroom. They are thought leaders whose trailblazing research shapes the future of business practice and theory.
  • Strong corporate and alumni network. Connect with over 1,000 organizations through our strong corporate and alumni network. These relationships provide invaluable opportunities for mentorship, internships and future career paths.
  • Community of support. The Business District is a live-in learning community in which residents forge connections with fellow business students and enjoy additional support and unique opportunities.
  • An affordable education. Benefit from over $1 million in scholarships awarded annually to business majors. More than 90% of incoming students receive some form of financial aid.
  • Career prep. Our dedicated career coach in the college will help you navigate your career journey with confidence. We are here to support your success – from your first internship to landing that full-time job.
  • Economics Club. We strive to be a space for students to share their interests in economics. We have workshops centered around career opportunities, graduate programs, important papers in the field and public policy.
  • Vibrant student life. Learn teamwork, event organization and effective leadership in our 17 business student organizations. These groups consistently earn prestigious awards for their outstanding contributions.

Ranked among the top business schools in the U.S. for student experience

Poets&Quants, 2023

Career – what can you do with a specialization in economics?

Our graduates are equipped with a deep understanding of economic principles and their practical applications. The analytical and critical thinking skills honed in the program empower you to tackle complex challenges in the business world. 

BGSU economics graduates are sought after for their ability to contribute valuable insights and navigate the intricacies of the global economy. Their foundation rooted in theory and hands-on experience prepares them for success in diverse fields from finance and consulting to policy analysis and strategic planning. 

They pursue careers in corporate settings, government agencies or nonprofit organizations.

Career paths

  • Data analyst
  • Financial analyst
  • Management consultant
  • Policy analyst


Median starting salary for BGSU business graduates –
among the highest in Ohio


The economics specialization combines theory and practical application to cultivate a profound understanding of economic principles. You will engage in dynamic discussions, case studies and hands-on projects to apply theoretical concepts to real-world scenarios. 

The curriculum is designed to equip you with a foundation in microeconomics and macroeconomics, delving into topics such as:

  • Market structures
  • Economic policy
  • Global economic systems

Faculty guides you through critical analyses and research projects to foster analytical thinking and problem-solving skills. 

You will emerge from the program not only with a comprehensive understanding of economic principles, but with the practical insights needed to navigate the complex, contemporary business landscape.

Required courses

Admissions Photo Shoot 2022

Sample courses

  • Behavioral Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • International Trade and Finance
  • Introduction to the Analysis of Economic Data
  • Money and Banking
Criminal Justice

Sample courses

  • Behavioral Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • International Trade and Finance
  • Introduction to the Analysis of Economic Data
  • Money and Banking

One of only 6% of business schools with AACSB accreditation, the highest accreditation possible

Schmidthorst College of Business Specializations

The flexibility to complete one or more of our 13 specializations distinguishes us from other universities – and gives you a competitive edge in the job market.

  • Accounting
  • Applied Economics
  • Business Analytics and Intelligence
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Individualized Business
  • Information Systems
  • Insurance and Risk Management
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Sales and Services Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management

Premier entrepreneurship program

The Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at BGSU is one of 20 centers worldwide recognized by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). 

We weave entrepreneurship into all business programs and offer an entrepreneurship minor.

You can take courses in:

  • Real estate entrepreneurship
  • Women and social entrepreneurs
  • Nonprofit and corporate responsibility
  • Innovation and disruption

Top business leaders and entrepreneurs-in-residence bring real-world experience and expertise to our curriculum. A mentorship program connects students with alumni and industry leaders.

Thanks to an incubation program funded by alumni and supporters, more than $800,000 has been provided to student entrepreneurs to start their own ventures.

Updated: 12/15/2023 11:30AM